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When you get hacked, you’re probably going to deserve it

                Every other week, some major corporation or government agency seems to be getting hacked. We beat our brows over the loss of personal data, and wail about those dastardly hackers and how could they do such a thing?!; then go log onto Netflix with the password “password”. Because how could I possibly be expected to remember anything ...

Clean Diesel: Marketing Nonsense or Viable Alternative?

When confronted with marketing of any kind, I find myself becoming increasingly skeptical. The incentive for misrepresenting the truth (i.e. lying) is massive, and repercussions seemingly nonexistent. This is particularly true in scenarios where a product or service has a very pervasive reputation and the provider of that product or service begins ...

Problems with the Sharing Economy - Is peer-to-peer (P2P) fundamentally broken?

Uber, Airbnb, and a host of other companies have capitalized on a new business model, enabled by our increasingly connected world. Called peer-to-peer (P2P), the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption, this model allows people to sell their own goods and services through an exchange to other individuals, while the hosting company keeps a per...

Getting Engaged and Experienced in Vegas

WOW. What happens in Vegas: I’m writing about it, and analyzing it. Ok, before anyone goes scrambling for legal counsel and/or relationship counsel-ing, what I’m analyzing is Sitecore Symposium 2014 in Las Vegas: a slickly-produced conference with, I’m guessing, judging by the chock-full keynote hall, +/- 2,000 attendees. The event featured multi...

Lockheed, give me something I can believe - There’s just no evidence of any fusion breakthrough

                I’m a nuclear energy nerd. This has been established. So when Lockheed Martin announced a breakthrough in the design of a fusion reactor small enough to fit on the back of an 18-wheeler, I was the most excited person in my office. And amongst my friends. Pretty sure I was obnoxious about it.                 The people who develop a...

Beating Ebola and Cancer with rats and bats - Evolution is the ultimate bio lab

In the wake of the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in recorded human history, scientists and doctors are scrambling to bring effective quarantine measures into place. After the current wave of this pretty terrifying disease is quelled (assuming it is), our focus will shift from containment and mitigation to a long-term cure. There are several species w...

Apple probably won’t exist in 50 years - Long gone are the days of Jobs

I tried to care about this new iPhone and Apple Watch. I really did. When the first iPod came out, I bought one. When the first all-in-one iMac came out, I bought one. When the first iPhone came out, I went out and, positively dizzy with excitement, I bought one. Now I’m looking at this iPhone 6, and... meh.                 Apple did amazing thing...

The Majesty of Air Travel - VR helmets and standing seats

                Margins in the airline industry are horrible. Truly awful. And that’s not hyperbole; it’s a sober reflection on the facts. Depending on whom you ask airlines’ profit is between 1.0 and 2.6 percent, and that in an industry which relies on owning hundreds of airplanes, costing between $80 million and $390 million depending on size. Th...

The Home Depot gets itself hacked - The sorry state of cyber-security

                It seems that The Home Depot has fallen victim to the same kind of attack that had Target and eBay headlining the news earlier this year. While it is still too early to quantify the breach, estimates suggest that this event is more extensive than the 100 million-customer Target hack, which cost the company upwards of $400 million an...

Nuclear Power If it was a Nintendo game, it’d be called “Smash ‘em Smoosh ‘em”

                I am a nuclear power enthusiast. In fact, if I ever sell an app to Facebook, or find out I’m the long-lost heir apparent of the King of Saudi Arabia, I’m almost certainly going to start a company that makes all kinds of nuclear reactors. Despite the scientific challenges and PR problems associated with nuclear power, I do believe it...

Smart technologies can’t replace humans - Plane crash caused by overreliance on autopilot

                Slow news days seem to be characterized by the blogosphere reaching into its bag of social-injustice-topics and gleefully ranting about whichever it blindly selects. On every fifth iteration or so of this charming cycle, in between politicians breaking the economy and the top ten blah-blah-blah, we get to hear about how the machines...

When you think Harley-Davidson, you think… sustainability? - Harley begins production of an electric motorcycle.

                Harley-Davidson today released that it will produce a full-size, electric motorcycle. This, as the latest development in sustainable technologies, demonstrates that major brands in vehicle manufacturing see EVs as the way of the future, and will begin production to spur demand from their customers. Most 2-wheeled EVs currently in ma...

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